Men's Soccer Faces Cal In NCAA Tournament Third Round

Nov. 25, 2005

Game No. 23: Wake Forest vs. California
Records: No. 23 Demon Deacons (13-7-2)
vs. No. 11 Bears (13-3-3)
When: Saturday, November 26 at 4:30 pm (EDT)
Where: Edwards Field - Berkeley, Calif.
Game Notes:

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Wake Forest Faces No. 7 Seed California In NCAA Tournament Third Round
After a thrilling 2-1 victory over No. 10 seed Old Dominion, the No. 23 Wake Forest men's soccer team travels to No. 7 seed California for a third round match in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Deacons and Bears will kickoff Saturday, Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) at Edwards Stadium. With a victory, the Demon Deacons would advance into the quarterfinals for the first time in program history and face the winner of No. 2 seed New Mexico/No. 14 seed Cal State Northridge.

Record
Wake Forest is 13-7-2 overall after its 2-1 victory over No. 9 Old Dominion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ranking
Wake Forest is ranked No. 19 by the NSCAA and No. 23 in Soccer America.

Coach
Jay Vidovich is in his 12th year, all at Wake Forest, with a mark of 147-74-21.

Vidovich In The NCAA Tournament
Vidovich has guided Wake Forest to the NCAA Tournament each of the past five seasons and six times during his tenure. For his career, Vidovich is 5-4-1 in the NCAA Tournament.

Last Year's Result
After earning a first round bye, top seed Wake Forest routed UCF, 5-0, in the second round. The Demon Deacons then faced VCU in the third round, but the Rams advanced into the quarterfinals on penalty kicks.

Deacons in the NCAA Tournament
Wake Forest is making its fifth straight and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Demon Deacons are 6-8-1 all-time and have played just two road games in the event, including this past Tuesday night's triumph over No. 10 seed Old Dominion. The match against the Monarchs was the Deacs' first road match in the postseason since 1990 when North Carolina edged the Deacs, 2-1, in Chapel Hill.

The program has advanced to the round of 16 four times, first in 1989, then in 2002, 2004 and this season. Wake Forest was the tournament's top seed last season and 2002. The Deacons were the third seed in 2003 and 1989. Wake Forest's complete year-by-year tournament history can be found on pages 2-3.

Eight of the ACC's nine teams made the tournament field, including six that were among the NCAA Tournament's top-16 seeds. The two unseeded ACC teams, Wake Forest and Clemson, each moved into the third round as did No. 1 seed Maryland, No. 13 seed Virginia and No. 4 North Carolina. Eleven of Wake Forest's regular season opponents made the NCAA Tournament, including three non-conference opponents. The complete list includes Clemson, Duke, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and UNC Greensboro. The Deacons went 4-7-1 in those games. Here is a look at Wake Forest against the field:

*Sep 02   at #1 Indiana	L	0-1
Sep 04	   vs #16 Notre Dame	W OT	1-0
Sep 09	vs South Carolina	W	3-0
*Sep 18	at #10 Duke	L O2	2-3
*Sep 23	Virginia Tech	W	2-1
*Sep 30	at #16 Maryland	L	1-3
Oct 12	Clemson	T O2	0-0
*Oct 22	#14 North Carolina	L OT	0-1
Oct 26	at #14 UNC Greensboro	W	1-0
*Oct 30	at #17 NC State	L	1-2
*Nov 04	#11 Virginia	L OT	1-2
*Nov 09	vs Maryland	L	1-2
*- seeded among the top 16

Last Time Out
Wake Forest used two second-half goals and the outstanding goalkeeping of Brian Edwards to escape No. 10 seed Old Dominion with a 2-1 victory in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Junior Wells Thompson and senior Justin Moose scored the goals, but Edwards was the difference. The sophomore registered a career-high nine saves.

A Win This Afternoon Would
give Wake Forest their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals... make the 2005 Deacon senior class the winningest class in school history (58 victories)... improve the Demon Deacons to 14-7-2 overall... make the Deacs 2-0-0 all-time against California and 4-4-0 against current members of the Pac-10 conference... give the Deacs their first victory over a Pac-10 foe since Sept. 27, 1998 when Wake Forest upset top-ranked Washington, 2-1 (the last meeting between the Deacons and a Pac-10 opponent)... make the Demon Deacons 3-4-1 on the road and 7-5-1 away from Spry Stadium this season... give the Deacons a record of 7-8-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament action... make the Deacs 6-4-1 in the NCAA Tournament in the Vidovich era... give Wake Forest a 1-2-0 all-time record in the third round of the NCAA Tournament... improve Wake Forest to 2-1-0 all-time on the road in the NCAA Tournament... give 12th-year head coach Jay Vidovich his 148th career victory.

A Loss This Afternoon Would
deny Wake Forest their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals... deny the Deacons' senior class their 58th victory -- the most for any class in school history... drop the Demon Deacons to 13-8-2 overall... eliminate the Demon Deacons in the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past four years... make the Deacs 1-1-0 all-time against California and 3-5-0 against current members of the Pac-10... make the Demon Deacons 2-5-1 on the road and 6-6-1 away from Spry Stadium this season... give the Deacons a record of 6-9-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament action... make the Deacs 5-5-1 in the NCAA Tournament in the Vidovich era... give Wake Forest a 0-3-0 all-time record in the third round of the NCAA Tournament... drop Wake Forest to 1-2-0 all-time on the road in the NCAA Tournament... deny 12th-year head coach Jay Vidovich his 148th career victory.

Wake Forest Trends
... the Deacons allowed Old Dominion 25 shots in the second round match. It was the most shots for a Demon Deacon opponent since North Carolina uncorked 24 on Oct. 26, 2002.
... Wake Forest goalkeeper Brian Edwards made a career-high nine saves against the Monarchs -- the most for a Deacon goalkeeper in five years.
... With the victory over Old Dominion earlier this week, the Deacons moved to a perfect 6-0-0 in matches played on Tuesday's. Wake Forest defeated Saint Joseph's, Davidson, Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, Boston College and the Monarchs.
... the 2005 Deacs are the first WFU team to ever capture two NCAA Tournament games in the same season.
... of Wake's seven losses this season, six have been by the slimmest margin of one goal, including three in overtime. In fact, four of the Deacons' five regular season defeats in the ACC were by just a single goal.
... the Demon Deacons have gone into overtime in six matches this season. Wake Forest is 1-3-2 in those overtime games.
... the North Carolina victory over Wake Forest on Oct. 22 at Spry Stadium was the first for the Tar Heels over the Deacs since 2000 and the first regular season victory for Carolina at Spry Stadium since 1997.
... since Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech on Sept. 23, the Deacs went winless in their last six ACC matches (0-4-2). Wake Forest scored just four goals in those matches.
... the Deacons are 12-2-1 this season when the scoring the first goal of a match.

Scouting the Bears
Cal enters the matchup with an overall record 13-3-3. Cal finished the regular season second in the Pac-10 for the second year in a row with a 6-3-1 conference record. The Bears are ranked as high as No. 9 in the Soccer Times poll, while the NSCAA poll has Cal at No. 10. Soccer America has the Bears tabbed at No. 11. Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg recorded seven shutouts during the regular season, while making 62 saves. Kronberg is currently tied for third in the Pac-10 in shutouts and fourth in saves. Kronberg ranks third in the nation with a shots on goal save percentage of 0.873 and sixth in goals against average. Sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano is currently leading the team in assists (7). Sassano is fourth among the Pac-10 in assists and assists per game (0.37). Sassano recorded only one assist during the 2004 campaign. Senior forward Calen Carr was named the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Carr is currently leading the Pac-10 in seven different categories, including shots (76), shots per game (4.00), points (26), points per game (1.37), goals (11), goals per game (0.58) and game-winning goals (6).

Series History With California
Wake Forest captured the only meeting between the two schools on Sept. 24, 1993 by a score of 1-0 in Davidson, N.C. The Demon Deacons are 3-4-0 all-time against current members of the Pac-10.

All-time Meetings With California
1993	N	W, 2-1

All-time Meetings With the Pac-10 San Diego State (1-0) 1990 N W, 3-0

Stanford (0-2) 1992 H L, 0-1 1995 H L, 1-3

UCLA (0-1) 1990 A L, 0-2 (ot)

Washington (1-1) 1997 H L, 0-1 (ot) 1998 A W, 2-1


 

 

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